Ghana’s Honorary Consul to Bermuda Dr. Leonard Teye-Botchway makes headline news

Ghana’s Honorary Consul to Bermuda Dr. Leonard Teye-Botchway makes headline news

Ghana’s Honorary consul to Bermuda Dr. Leonard Teye-Botchway has been applauded by the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo for performing a complicated surgery to save the eye of a Parma Wallaby, Mandu.

Dr Teye-Botchway an ophthalmic surgeon was assisted by Dr. Gaelle Roth while anaesthesia was provided by Dr. Walker. According to Dr. Walker it was in the best interest of the animal to try and save the eye, so arranged for eye specialist

The surgery consisted of making a small incision in the Wallaby’s cornea and carefully removing the lens. The surgical wound was then sutured closed with a special suture, which is thinner than human hair, using microsurgical instruments.

Mandu received medication for pain relief after surgery. She also received anti-inflammatory drops and antibiotics to aid in the recovery.

Since the surgery, Mandu’s recovery has been gradual and progressive, and the operated eye is now much clearer, although it will never be known exactly how much sight the wallaby has.

“There is no doubt the he is far more comfortable, now that we have removed the lens,” said Dr. Teye-Botchway. “It took him a few weeks to recover from the operation, but the cloudiness in his right eye has cleared considerably and he now confidently hops through his habitat with no issue.”

Dr. Walker stated, “I would like to thank Dr Teye-Botchway personally for taking time out of his busy schedule and using his expertise to consult and perform surgery on one of our animals.

“Not every human surgeon would be willing, but BAMZ has been very lucky in getting assistance in this regard and we are very appreciative.”

Source: Royal Gazette Oct 9, 2018

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